Maristella recorded her first CD aged just 11, and since then has performed with many noted ensembles, recording her first release – an album of music by Manuel de Sica – for Brilliant Classics in 2014 with the Orchestra Arturo Toscanini. She has won prizes at a national and international level, having performed at many major competitions.
Maristella Patuzzi was born in Lugano – Switzerland. At the age of four, she began playing violin and piano. From the age of five she has often played in public accompanied by her father, Mario Patuzzi, pianist. At the age of ten Maristella gave her first concert as soloist with an orchestra in Lugano Cathedral and her first recital in Minusio (Switzerland).
She studied with Susanne Holm from 1995.
She was awarded the 1997 Premio Elisarion for the "remarkable personality of her interpretation" and for the "charisma that radiates throughout her performances".
She recorded Ravel's Tzigane for the Televisione della Svizzera Italiana.
She studied with Massimo Quarta from 1999 to 2003, having been awarded a school by the Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation of Zurich.
In 2000 Sony published her first live CD.
Since 2002 she has performed as soloist with the Orchestra Mozart in Milano, Padova and Veneto, with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, with the Adelphi Symphony Orchestra of Long Island, New York, with the Lucerna Chamber Orchestra, with Mitteleuropa Orchestra, Philarmonia Orchestra in London and Orchestra Arturo Toscanini.
She was awarded the Diploma in Violin as a private student – with full marks, honours and special mention – at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milano: the same year she gained her Swiss federal matriculation at the Lugano Liceo.
In March 2005 she was admitted to Indiana University, Bloomington as a graduate student in the class of Miriam Fried, where she was awarded a scholarship for excellence.
She studied under the guidance of Mark Kaplan.
She gained a Performing Diploma with full marks.
She achieved the Master Degree in Violin, again with the highest possible marks.
Maristella received her second Master of Arts Degree in Specialized Music Performance with First Honours at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano.
She recorded as soloist the Manuel De Sica violin Concerto, published in 2014 by Brilliant Classics.
In January 2015 maristella got 2 new important CD release: the first for Brilliant Classics dedicated to Bloch, music recorded in duo with her father, pianist Mario Patuzzi, and recorded at Auditorium RSI in Lugano; the second, entitled Intimamente Tango dedicated to the music of Astor Piazzolla, published by DECCA.
In 2016 Brilliant Classics release a new CD in duo with her father Mario Patuzzi, with Schoeck's complete violin and piano sonatas. In the same year, was released another CD: 24 Caprice by Nicolò Paganini with the Robert Schumann accompaniment, published by Dynamic and distributed by Naxos.
Maristella received the 2018 Premio Anassilaos for the particular communication skills demonstrated during the performances and for the careful interpretative research, from baroque to contemporary music. For the enthusiasm and passion transmitted to the students when teaching and for putting music at the service of the highest human values and needy people. All these skills represent a significant contribution in the domain of Arts and Culture, in Reggio Calabria.
The prestigious italian music magazine Amadeus, dedicated her its cover, with a four-page interview inside and attached a new CD, recorded in duo with her father Mario, wholehearted to Sarasate, realized in "World Music Studio & Live" in Milano.
She has won first prizes in competitions in Biella, Villar Perosa, Tortona, Freeze, Vittorio Veneto, the Premio Bruno Zanella in Crevalcore (Bologna), the Torneo Internazionale di Musica in Rome, the Friedl Wald Foundation Scholarship in Basel, the Premio Francesco Geminiani in Verona, the Preis der Stiftung für junge Musiktalente 2011/2012 in Meggen, as well as other prizes for chamber music.
She has performed in many festivals: the Lake District Summer Music Festival, the Mozart Festival of Rovereto (Italy), the Festivals of Ischia and of Bologna, the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, the International Rostropovich Festival in Baku, in Mozart Festival in Tokyo.
Her violin is a Michael Platner, Rome 1728. The lend of this violin is part of the project "Adopt a musician", one of the initiatives managed by MusicMasterpieces of Lugano.